Stories From Stanley, Idaho

A Bird's Eye View of the Sawtooths: Alpine Lakes Report #1

A Bird's Eye View of the Sawtooths: Alpine Lakes Report #1


Thinking about a hike in the Sawtooths and need help deciding whether you should pack the snowshoes or the fishing pole?  Check here first to find out the latest conditions on some of our most popular alpine lakes.  A huge thank you to Dr. Jeff Welker and CJ Sherlock for creating this opportunity, we are excited to bring you the first in a series that we will be updating as weather permits throughout the early hiking season!  As with any backcountry travel please remember conditions can change rapidly so plan accordingly especially when traveling in icy and snow covered terrain.  Stop by and see us at the Visitor's Center when you get to Stanley for help planning your day hike, multi-day backpacking trip, or even the best place to grab a burger when you get back!


Alpine Lakes Report #1: May 4th, 2018



The biggest and easily the most popular, Redfish Lake is melting fast!  Just in time for the Redfish Lake Lodge Memorial Run



Stanley Lake won't be far behind either! As you can see in the photos very little snow left in the camp areas around the lakes.


Bench Lakes above. Marshall Lake below.

For the more adventurous hikers, the Bench Lakes and Marshall Lake are still holding snow but ice is melting around the edges.


Once the lakes start melting it doesn't take long for the ice to go, so follow along to see how the lakes are progressing.  Which lakes would you like to see on our next report?  Before you know it the fish will be jumping, the perfect place to cool off during those warm summer days!



Featured Local Events

DATE: March 2 - 4, 2018

TIME: Multi-times

LOCATION: Park Creek Ski Area, Alturas Lake Ski Area, Community Building, Stanley, ID

March 3rd & 4th, 2018 — Sawtooth Ski Club 16th Annual Ski Festival

  • SATURDAY, March 3rd, Park Creek Ski Area
    Highway 21, 7 miles W. of Stanley
    11am-2pm Homemade Chili & Treats
    Poker Run!!!
    Winning hand called at 1:30 pm
  • SATURDAY EVENING 5:30-8:30pm
    Stanley Community Building
    Dinner Extravaganza
    Incredible Silent Auction, bring your checkbook!
  • SUNDAY, March 4th
    Alturas Lake Ski Area
    Highway 75, 20 miles S. of Stanley
    11am-3pm Soup Kitchen Social
    Great ski trails and a great time!!!

The Sawtooth Ski Club will host the 16th Sawtooth Ski Festival March 3rd and 4th. Come ski, play, feast, dance, shop and socialize, all while supporting Cross Country Skiing in Stanley Sawtooth Country! At 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 3rd at the Park Creek Ski Trails, homemade chili and treats will await eager participants at the annual Poker Run. Donating fun lovers ski or snowshoe a fun course, stopping at stations to collect cards and when the game is called at 1:30, whoever has collected the best poker hand wins a most excellent prize! At 5:30 Saturday evening at the Stanley Community Building, our ski club celebrity chef will present a delicious dinner and at the same time an amazing silent auction will take place. Many local businesses, arts and crafts people and friends of the club donate lovely things, wonderful services, ski and fashion accessories and deliciously fantastic items to the auction. At 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 4th at the Alturas Lake Ski Trails Soup Kitchen Social, enjoy great skiing along with with trailside soup and cookies. All events are donation based, so be sure to bring your check book or cash for the donation jars. The Sawtooth Ski Festival is our only fundraising event of the year. We depend on memberships, donations and Ski Festival proceeds to fund our efforts to provide quality groomed cross country ski trails at Park Creek and Alturas lake. Call Karen Keiski at 208-774-3487 if you wish to volunteer for any of the events or donate to the silent auction. See you at the Festival!


LINK: http://sawtoothskiclub.com/

TEL: 208-774-3487

CONTACT: David or Karen keiski@ruralnetwork.net


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